The 14th-seeded Zachary High School softball team’s season came to a dramatic end Friday when the Lady Broncos fell to sixth-seeded East Ascension 5-4 in 10 innings in the state quarterfinals at Frasch Park in Sulphur.
An RBI single in the bottom of the 10th provided the ending for an exciting game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 5A state softball tournament.
Zachary ace Baylie Doiron struck out 10 and had two hits as did Britney Anderson to pace ZHS, which concluded their season 20-12.
They advanced to Sulphur with a 4-1 opening playoff victory over 19th-seeded Central and a 4-3 upset of third-seeded Live Oak in the second round. The game against EA was the longest of the playoff tournament.
“We got out of some jams in high-pressure situations, that’s for sure,” Zachary coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott said after the game. “Eight weeks ago, nobody would have picked us to be here. We’ve had some real highs and lows this season.
“We’ve been playing with our hearts and playing fundamental softball for the most part. They (East Ascension) got what they needed. Next year, we’ll start at this level.”
Shaw bounces Broncos from playoffs
Shaw’s Jace Nini threw just 90 pitches as 30th-seeded Archbishop Shaw stunned third-seeded Zachary on April 28 in the first round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs. Nini gave up three hits and struck out eight as the Eagles ousted coach Jesse Cassard’s squad.
Nini also had three hits including a home run, and Kyle Flettrich knocked home four runs for Shaw. Cory Musselman absorbed the loss for Zachary, going 6.1 innings.
The Broncos finished the season 26-8.
ZHS girls 2nd, boys 6th at regionals
The Zachary girls were edged by St. Joseph’s Academy in the Class 5A, Region 2 track and field meet April 30 at Ponchatoula High. A second-place finish in the 4x400 relay, the final event, helped St. Joseph’s score 88 points to clip the Lady Broncos at 87 for the team title. Slidell was third with 72 points.
Lady Bronco sprinter Janie O’Connor was named the meet’s outstanding track performer as she continues to have a great outdoor season with just the State Championships at LSU on Saturday remaining.
O’Connor won first place in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter dash and anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay team. Also earning a first-place finish was Kristian Jackson in the shot put.
The Bronco boys ended up sixth in the meet with 27 points, well behind winner Catholic High (198) and runner-up St. Paul’s (69).
The ZHS 4x200 relay team managed a second-place finish, and Davis Hughes was third in the 110-meter hurdles.
Northeast boys second, girls sixth
The Northeast boys’ track and field squad finished a surprising second behind Episcopal in the Class 2A, Region 2 meet April 28 at EHS in Baton Rouge.
The Vikings scored 50 points to trail their hosts, who had 179 points for the meet. Leading the way was Darryl Adams, who took first place in the 200-meter dash.
The Northeast girls finished in sixth place with 40 points, but the Lady Knights led with 139.66 points, followed by Westminster Christian (96), Catholic-New Iberia (62.33), Delcambre (47) and Kinder (45).
Briana Haney earned a first-place finish in the shot put, and Lauri Kight won the discus to pace the Lady Vikings.
Zachary High’s Taylor makes it to semifinals
Zachary’s Yasmine Taylor advanced to the LHSAA State Tennis Tournament’s Division I girls semifinals, losing to eventual champion Taylor Garcia, of Mount Carmel Academy, 6-0, 6-0, on April 24 in Monroe. Zachary tied with Pineville for fourth place with four points in the Division I tournament, behind Dominican (17), Mt. Carmel (14) and St. Joseph’s Academy (7).
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